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Book offer and Tasting Dates for the Diary

Exciting news – the Jura Wine book is at the printer now and will be available at the end of March. It’s looking great and I am very happy with it. Do not miss the special offer to pre-order with a 10% discount and free delivery in Europe (£5 outside), which runs until the end of Wednesday 5th March.

Kickstarter supporters will receive their books first, then those who pre-ordered. It’s the fastest way to receive the book as it will not be available on Amazon right away. After 5th March, the price will go up to normal cover price. Pre-order the book at Wine Travel Media.

The final tally was 352 pages with 146,000 words and 253 images including original maps, explanatory diagrams and some stunning photography by Mick Rock and others. There are profiles of 100 Jura wine producers, a wealth of solid information along with historical and current stories of the people who matter in the region. There has never been such a comprehensive book on Jura wine in any language.

Jura wine book

The final contents of Jura Wine by Wink Lorch

Jura Wine tastings around the world with and without me!

BUDAPEST 2nd March: This weekend I am at the VinCE wine event at the Corinthia Hotel in lovely Budapest. I shall be presenting eight Jura wines in a workshop this Sunday at 1.30pm – if you happen to be nearby there are some tickets left and it is a great show to come to anyway. I have prepared a Powperpoint that includes many photos from the book, so hopefully Jura Life by Powerpoint rather than the usual ‘death by Powerpoint’.

LE NEZ DANS LE VERT, Gevingey, Jura 23rd and 24th March: The annual tasting of the organic growers in the Jura takes place this year in the south of the region in Gevingey in the Sud Revermont, just south of Lons-le-Saunier. This will be my first appearance WITH the book, signing and selling them, and I’m very excited about this. Hoping also to sneak off to taste some of the wonderful wines with around 30 producers, including a couple of new ones.

USA/CANADA 14th – 17th April: Eighteen Jura producers will be travelling to the USA and Canada for professional trade tastings held in Chicago (14th) New York (15th), Montreal (16th) and Toronto (17th). Details and invitations from Vincent Lafortune of Quebec. I will post more information regarding invitations when I have it.
As yet, I am not due to attend these tastings for book signings, although I would like to attend, the logistics and costs are proving difficult.

LONDON/UK 14th May: Hang out the flags! London is yet again honoured with a trade tasting of Jura wines and I will be conducting seminars and signing/selling my books too. It will be organised by Mandarin Communications and more details will emerge soon. So, please save the date and I look forward to seeing you there.

I should be coming to Hamburg at the end of April/early May to conduct a Jura tasting and if possible I would like to link this with a tasting and book signing in Copenhagen (get in touch if you can help). Amsterdam in early June is possible too. More details as they emerge.

See you soon for a taste of Jura wine and thank you for your support! In the meantime, here is an amateur video I shot when I received the colour proofs of the book…

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International Jura wine news for early spring 2013

Hampered so often by either snowy or very wet weather these first months of the year, if only they could finish the pruning the Jura producers would surely have a spring in their step. Positive news stories abound especially for those who export. Looking at statistics for year ending July 2012, exports had reached 7 per cent, the highest ever figure.

Marquis d'Angerville

Marquis Guillaume d’Angerville and oenologist François Duvivier ©Wink Lorch

Burgundians create Domaine du Pélican
Last month I was among the first outsiders to taste from barrel the future Domaine du Pélican wines from Montigny-les-Arsures in the Arbois AOC. This is the new venture from the highly respected Volnay estate Domaine Marquis d’Angerville who purchased ten hectares of vines last year. Its first wines are therefore from 2012, mostly Chardonnay and Savagnin, but with some reds too. The quality is looking really good and I was able to share the news with subscribers to Jancis Robinson’s Purple Pages. Here is a link to the PDF of the article headed “A (famous) new name in Jura” where you can read all about the background to the purchase and prospects for the estate.

First Jura wine tasting for professionals in London
On the 14th May the first ever Jura tasting will be held for wine trade and press in Central London, the venue will be confirmed soon. Hosted by the CIVJ, the regional wine promotion organisation of Jura, there will be 25 producers attending. These range from a couple of very large producers with no current UK importers, through to some well-known names imported in a small way, overall a good selection of excellent estates big and small. On the provisional list, I can count at least ten producers who work organically or are in conversion. I will be there, conducting a masterclass during the event and will post more details on a page here, when details shape up.

Nez dans le Vert logoThird edition of Le Nez dans le Vert
Back in the region, the organic wine producers’ fair Le Nez dans le Vert will be taking place again at Domaine de la Pinte just outside Arbois on Sunday 23rd March (consumers) and Monday 24th March (trade). This year the fair has 34 producers, including some newcomers, and some who are newly converting to organic viticulture, a pre-requisite for showing wines at the fair. Amongst the new converts are two Pupillin growers who I’m delighted to see there, Jean-Michel Petit of Domaine de la Renardière and Julien Mareschal of Domaine de la Borde, who I wrote about, highlighting him as a new young grower in the region, for Wine Report, way back in the 2006 edition. Details of all the producers  and the event are shown on the official Nez dans le Vert website.

Discover Jura Wine – The Book
Just a reassurance here that I’m working hard on my Jura book, which will be named Discover Jura Wine, with a sub-title still to be finalised. I will be launching a Kickstarter project in the next couple of weeks to raise funds for a really professional publishing job, and this will serve also to create more awareness and provide even stronger motivation for me too. I am currently juggling with writing the book, some other much-needed work, and writing all too occasional blog posts, which of course also benefit the book. Do take a look at  the wine information pages on this site – I have recently added one on Crémant du Jura. I would love your support in spreading the word about my future book and raising funds for it too – the link above goes to my Kickstarter profile.

And finally… the 1774 turns up in London!
I discovered by chance that the bottle of 1774 Arbois Vin Jaune, auctioned by Christie’s last year (or it could be the other one, but I doubt it… still to be confirmed) is alive, well and awaiting a buyer in the locked vault of Hedonism Wines. This very new shop in Mayfair, London opened last year and appears from reports to be the ultimate expensive wine store. The centuries-old Jura wine is yours for just £72,000. My advice: yes, it will be an extraordinary, hedonistic experience, but honestly you could consider pledging just over 1% of that to my Kickstarter project, and receive a personalized tasting from me plus my book of course, as a ‘reward’. Watch this space for details.

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